Mitch takes Jens right back to the beginning, ten years ago, when he was a neo-pro with the Cofidis team.
Within a month of joining the pro ranks, Keukeleire won his first big race, Le Samyn, with a spectacular sprint from deep. Mitch and Jens talk in depth about the finish to that race and you may like to watch highlights on YouTube.
Le Samyn has all the characteristics of a Flandrian Classic but it actually takes place in Wallonia, but Mitch and Jens talk about how riders brought up in the region absorb so much Flandrian local knowledge before they even turn pro.
Conversation then turns to coronavirus before they look ahead to the 2020 spring Classic campaign, which will be held in the late summer and autumn, of course.
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